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Commissioner: Gaps Found in Gov't Data Handling

PRIVACY—CANADA

October 6, 2010

After conducting an audit of five governmental departments' data protection practices, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says not enough is being done to protect citizens' personal information, The Globe and Mail reports. In a report released Tuesday, the commissioner identified gaps in areas including government use of wireless devices, password protections, data destruction and encryption. "Our audits turned up some disturbing gaps in the privacy policies and practices of government institutions," Stoddart said, adding the government must be held to the highest standards. Stoddart last week received the 2010 IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award for her leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection.
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